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Hogan & Miedemas 2017 Inductees into Dairy Science Hall of Service

Dr. Joseph Hogan and Andy and Itske Miedema were inducted into the Dairy Science Hall of Service on April 8, 2017. The event took place during the Evening of Excellence recognition program hosted by the Department of Animal Sciences.

Dr. Joseph HoganDr. Joseph Hogan, 2017 Dairy Science Hall of Service Inductee

Dr. Hogan is a native of Jonesboro, Louisiana. He obtained his BS degree from Louisiana State University in 1981, his MS degree from the University of Kentucky in 1983, and his Ph.D. from the University of Vermont in 1986. Dr. Hogan became a post-doctoral researcher in 1986 with the Mastitis Laboratory at OARDC. In 1987, he was promoted to a Research Scientist in the Department of Dairy Science, OARDC. He became an Assistant Professor in 1992, was promoted to Associate Professor in 1995, and Professor in the Department of Animal Sciences in 2001. In 2004, Dr. Hogan was appointed as the Associate Chair of the Department, a position he held until his retirement in 2016. In 2011, Dr. Hogan served as the Interim Chair of the Department of Animal Sciences, The Ohio State University.

Dr. Hogan has contributed in several significant ways to the American Dairy Science Association, the National Mastitis Council (NMC), and the International Dairy Federation (IDF). He chaired numerous committees and served as President of NMC during 2006. For IDF, he served on the Standing Committee on Animal Health from 2003 to present and the Mastitis Action Team from 2002 to present and was Chair of the Action Committee from 2003 to 2005.

Dr. Hogan maintained an internationally recognized research program in the area of mastitis control and production of quality milk in dairy herds. His research resulted in 119 peer-reviewed journal articles, 16 book chapters, 87 scientific abstracts, 226 lay articles, 39 invited symposium presentations, and 239 invited seminar presentations. In 1994, Dr. Hogan was awarded the Distinguished Research Award as the Top Junior Scientist at OARDC and received the American Dairy Science Association (ADSA), West-Agro Research Award. In 2014, he received the ADSA Elanco Award for Excellence in Dairy Science.

Dr. Hogan advised 13 graduate students, was a gifted teacher, and his classes were sought out by undergraduate students. The primary courses he taught were Animal Health and Milk Secretion. Teaching evaluations were always in the excellent category and he received the 1995 Teaching Excellence Award from CFAES and the 2011 Gamma Sigma Delta Teaching Award. The recognition provided as a recipient of the Dairy Science Hall of Service Award acknowledges Dr. Hogan’s contributions to the Department and University, the Ohio dairy industry, and dairy farmers globally.

Itske & Andy MiedemaAndy & Itske Miedema, 2017 Dairy Science Hall of Service Inductees

In 2002, Andy and Itske Miedema moved from the Netherlands to begin their family’s new dairy operation in Circleville, OH. Today, their farm consists of about 1300 cows. As stated by their veterinarian, “I came to respect their intellect, wit, progressive approach to the dairy business, and concern for their cows. The thing that I learned from Andy that made a lasting impression upon me, and helped me to become a better veterinarian and a better person, came from a statement that he often made after listening to one of my bright ideas: ‘Everything is possible.’”

The Miedemas are members of the Ohio Farm Bureau, and they were recognized in 2010 with the Ohio Dairy Producers Association’s (ODPA) Environmental Stewardship Award in association with the Ohio Livestock Coalition (OLC). Andy has served on the Board of Directors for the ODPA and represented the dairy industry on the Concentrated Animal Feeding Facility Advisory Committee with the Ohio Department of Agriculture.

Andy and Itske have been involved in the education of Ohio State students in many ways, including welcoming undergraduate, graduate and veterinary students to their farm. They have opened their farm for hosting the Ohio Dairy Challenge and in training students to participate in the National Dairy Challenge. All three of their children, Rixt, Sytske, and Jan, have degrees from Ohio State. Both Jan and Sytske have been members of Ohio State’s team at the National Dairy Challenge. Rixt was on OSU’s rowing team when they won the NCAA national championship in 2014.

The Miedema family has continuously welcomed Ohio State faculty and graduate students to conduct research at their farm. They always accept the requests for classes at Ohio State to be brought to the farm. They have also readily accepted the request to speak to classes on campus. Itske has devoted a considerable amount of her personal time to arranging visits for the OSU European Dairy Study Abroad.

Andy and Itske always display a positive attitude and have been devoted to their community, Ohio State, and the Ohio dairy industry. Induction into the Dairy Hall of Service is a fitting recognition for their support of the dairy industry, and the educational and research programs at Ohio State.